Kent State University: Is Saying 'You Need Jesus' Hate Speech?

In an advertisement for an upcoming school event, Kent State University distributed a poster asking if the phrase "you need Jesus" qualifies as so-called "hate speech."

The absurd promotion was created by the school's Center for Student Involvement and posted on Twitter last week.

Among the other apparently questionable phrases were "build a wall," "no more gays," and "women need to serve their man."

According to The College Fix, the upcoming KENTTalk on "hate speech" will "provide a safe place for discussions and transformational experiences for our student body" and promote "civil discourse."

One Christian leader at Kent State is now asking for an apology.

“The university should apologize because it appears to be targeted toward one political and religious side," said Campus Ministry International president Jared Small.

"They could have included hate speech against President Trump or hate speech against Christians as examples. In my opinion, free speech protects hate speech to an extent. However, the university appears to show a bias against Christians and conservatives," he added.

Professor Amy Reynolds told The Fix she was uninvolved in the creation of the poster; it was the Center for Student Involvement who “created all of the promotional materials," she said. "I’m not sure what the process is/was.”


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